New Candidate Jim Graves, MN-06
DAPAC is pleased to announce that it is endorsing Jim Graves campaign for Minnesota's 6th district House seat. Jim is a true progressive who is running against incumbent Michelle Bachmann. He understands the need to support Social Security and Medicare and education. He also will work to create good-paying jobs to develop the American economy and support the middle class. Jim ran in 2012 and lost by only 4,300 votes or less than 1%.
Newly endorsed candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch, SC-01
The special election is May 7th , so support is needed quickly. Elizabeth is a strong candidate who knows there needs to be change in the current Congress.
She is committed to keeping contracts made with and paid for by seniors. She believes in protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare and honoring the benefits that seniors earned during a lifetime of hard work.
She does not believe that Social Security is a “ponzi scheme” as some have called it, and does not support proposals that would privatize it. The program is safe for more than the next 20 years.
Last November proved that there is a strong liberal wave in the country. DAPAC had 3 out of our 6 candidates win their elections as well as 100% of previously endorsed incumbents re-elected. It was the most liberal vote since the 1964 election, with 21% more people who identify as liberal compared to the 2008 election. Your donation will help us move with this change to get even more liberals elected to congress.
DAPAC has started the work to take back the House by vetting and organizing new liberal candidates for Congress. Already we have identified 3 candidates, 2 in the House and 1 in the Senate. We would only need to take 17 seats to control the House, and with the approval rating of the Congress at an all time low of 9% , we can see that people and voters are ready for more change.
The Obama campaign used an intense grassroots strategy for the 2012 campaign. It focused on parts of nine swing battleground states to bring out new voters in those states. Also implemented was a policy to contact potential new voters in the selected areas 7 different times by either phone or in person. With a low over all turn out of only 57% of eligible voters showing up to vote in this election, targeting new voters greatly effected the results. DAPAC plans on taking the lessons learned from the Obama 2012 campaign and focusing intense grassroots efforts on getting new voters in the targeted Congressional voting districts to take back the House.
DAPAC's wins in this last election show that an early start can lead to excellent results. What we have done this year already is scouted for districts across the country that are open and ready for a Liberal change. We have identified 54 districts in 20 states that have shown this promise so far. DAPAC has already been in contact with exciting candidates and new people we are recruiting. What we are doing is communicating with candidates who have a strong liberal stance and who are determined to run for a House seat. We then are helping them plan and organize an intense grassroots campaign, similar to the one Obama ran, that will work in their district. An early start is necessary to reach new voters and win in these districts.
These are some of the Liberal Progressive values we are working for:
We need the end of primitive torture and the death penalty, and the unwavering protection of basic civil rights. The United States needs to be a leader in how things should be done, setting an example of a civilized society.
We need a comprehensive expansion of gun safety laws, to protect the rights of the many not just the few. This will include proper wait times for all gun sales to do full background checks, limiting the size of clips, and restrictions on the type of weapons sold.
We need to expand environmental protection and stop climate change with more renewable energy and regulation. Global warming is still an issue that is ignored or brushed off as a silly liberal fairy tale or lie. This type of mind set will only hurt us in the end by creating more severe weather extremes and environmental catastrophes.
We need a stable and growing economy where everyone has the ability to have good paying secure jobs and access to education and training. Also, tax laws need to be fair and reasonable so that they will not punish the middle and lower income groups. Having a stable economy also includes the right to unionize as this helps protect individuals working rights from giant corporations.
Universal Medicare with good health insurance for everyone is a goal that still needs to be reached. 93% of people covered by the affordable care act is not good enough, especially with many of those having poor insurance resulting in inadequate treatment.
We must continue to build and expand infrastructure for the future, with more investments in roads, rail, and other public transport as well as a nation wide electric grid that everyone can contribute to and use as needed.
The GLBT community needs to be respected and given equal rights to what other American citizens have, especially in all federal, state, and local government programs.
We need to reinforce the defense of womens' rights and the right of women to choose what happens to their own bodies. These are medical decisions that need to be made between a patient and a qualified medical professional. The Hyde amendment still restricts half of women from having a right to reproductive choice. Only a liberal Congress can change it. In addition, several states have put many legal restrictions on choice in just the last two years, thus denying women their constitutional rights to choose under Roe vs Wade. Only federal laws instituted by a liberal Congress will override state laws and restore those rights.
These and other liberal progressive values are being supported more and more by the public. A few of these issues are looked at more closely in the attached newsletter along with a list of targeted districts. Your contribution will help bring these goals of liberal values to policy in the United States
President of DAPAC
Candidate for 2013
Our 1st new candidate of 2013 is Bruce Braley. He is currently the congressman for Iowa's 1st district, but will be running for Iowa Senate in 2013. www.brucebraley.com/
February 2013 Newsletter